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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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“They Set the Skies on Fire”: Working to Rein in BP Whiting Refinery’s Air Pollution

After a series of leaks and flares in recent weeks, community members are fighting to tighten air permits at a northwest Indiana refinery.

2/15/24

Kerri M. Gefeke

Testimony

Cutting Methane Emissions to Protect Clean Air & Climate

ELPC testified in support of EPA’s proposed waste emissions charge, under the Methane Emissions Reduction program.

2/20/24

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

“They Set the Skies on Fire”: Working to Rein in BP Whiting Refinery’s Air Pollution

After a series of leaks and flares in recent weeks, community members are fighting to tighten air permits at a northwest Indiana refinery.

2/15/24

Kerri M. Gefeke

VIDEO

A Valentine’s Day Ballad by ELPC

Will you be our environmental Valentine?

2/14/24

Howard's Blog

Dear Hertz…

On EV car rentals, please "make a new plan, Stan"

2/13/24

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Electric School Buses

Watch the Webinar: Electric School Buses Fueling Clean Energy & Clean Rides for Kids, featuring Superintendent Tim Farquer from Williamsfield Schools, IL

1/30/24

VIDEO

Things to Look Forward to in 2024

Big things are happening at ELPC this year. Watch our latest video update to learn more.

1/29/24

Howard A. Learner

VIDEO

Extreme Weather and Energy Efficiency

Chicagoans know how to handle frigid temperatures, but it’s not so certain that homes do.

1/24/24

Story

Protecting Midwest Wildlife Refuges

ELPC is stepping up to protect the Midwest’s ecological gems, our National Wildlife & Fish Refuges.

1/10/24

ELPC Turns 30

2023 Was a Great Year

30 years ago, ELPC’s vision was called ambitious. Today, sustainability is conventional wisdom. Read all about ELPC's impact in 2023. It's been quite a year!

1/9/24

Howard A. Learner

Story

ELPC Reimagining the Potential for Michigan’s Retiring Coal Plants

Retiring coal plants - once thought of as industrial eyesores - now stand as canvases for the creation of new greenways, parklands, wildlife habitat, and clean energy development.

1/3/24

Jill Geiger

Update

Midwest Electric School Bus Update

More Zero-emission Buses Hitting the Roads

12/20/23

Story

ELPC Receives American Bar Association Award

We’re very proud that the Environmental Law & Policy Center is receiving the American Bar Association's 2023 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship.

12/3/23

VIDEO

Stopping a Dredge Dump on Chicago’s Southeast Side Lakefront

Southeast side community is already overburdened with pollution, where a lakefront park was promised decades ago

11/13/23

ELPC Events

Planting Vegetative Buffers to Protect Kids from Air Pollution

ELPC & partners plant trees at a school overlooking the Dan Ryan Interstate

11/2/23

Susan Mudd

Update

US EPA Must Require Indiana to Reduce Smog

State agency ignored most of ELPC’s comments on its insufficient smog plan. Indiana needs new control measures to reduce ozone levels in an area plagued by unhealthy air quality.

10/19/23

Mike Zoeller

ELPC Events

Reconnecting with Team & Terrain

ELPC 2023 Staff Retreat Includes Visits to Communities & Natural Areas We Fight to Protect

10/5/23

Testimony

Making the Most of Your Miles: Stronger Fuel Economy Standards

Gas prices are on the rise, climate impacts are hitting from all sides, and car payments are getting more expensive. Midwesterners need a break; better fuel economy standards can help!

10/4/23

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

NEPA: Steps Forward

Ensuring a strong future for our bedrock environmental laws

9/28/23

Scott Strand

Brief

Protecting Michigan Manure Regulations

The biggest facilities represent the biggest risk to water quality, and they should be held responsible for managing their harmful waste.

9/25/23

Kathleen Garvey

Testimony

Stronger Soot Standards would Protect more Chicagoans

Air quality monitoring data highlights communities that are overlooked by current PM2.5 standards, ELPC calls on EPA to improve air protections.

9/19/23

Pouyan Hatami

Story

Celebrating National Wilderness Month in the Midwest

President Biden declared September National Wilderness Month, so here’s a few of our local favorites and new opportunities!

9/18/23

Paul Dailing

Story

A Win-Win-Win for the Environment

For the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the goal has always been “win-win-win”

9/11/23

Howard's Blog

Op-ed: Let’s Get Serious About Climate Change Solutions for Chicagoland

Check out this opinion editorial in the Chicago Tribune on climate change solutions

8/30/23

Howard A. Learner

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Michiganders Ask Senator Stabenow to Keep the U.P. Wild

Members of a 400-group coalition call on the Senator during her Upper Peninsula tour to introduce legislation designating four areas as federal Wilderness.

8/30/23

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